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  • Don't tune out the newest Benghazi developments

    05/04/2014 5:04:27 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5-4-2014 | John Kass - OP/ED
    Don't tune out the newest Benghazi developments John Kass May 4, 2014 Former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morell is sworn recently by the House Select Intelligence Committee. "The analysts said from the get-go that al-Qaida was involved in (the Benghazi) attack," Morell testified. Why is Benghazi important to Americans? You'll hear a lot about Benghazi in coming days and you'll hear the familiar screeching of partisan politics, now that House Speaker John Boehner has decided to convene a select committee to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in that dusty fly-bitten town in Libya. If the past is any guide, you'll...
  • Honduras election: Hernandez declared official winner

    11/27/2013 8:46:10 PM PST · by Bogey78O · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/27/2013 | BBC
    Honduras' electoral commission has officially declared the conservative governing party candidate winner of Sunday's presidential poll. "Today's figures indicate clearly that the winner of the election is Juan Orlando Hernandez," said the commission's president David Matamoros. Mr Hernandez has won 35.88% of the vote, according to AFP news agency. His main rival, the left-wing candidate Xiomara Castro, has won 29% with 81.5% of polling stations tallied. Mr Matamoros earlier said the final result would be known in the next few days, but he called on all candidates to support the new government. Second-placed Ms Castro said she was robbed of...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • Honduras: José Alfredo Landaverde silencing (murdered)

    12/11/2011 9:21:04 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    La Prensa ^ | December 8, 2011 1230 AM | none stated
    The wife survived the attack in which gunmen killed the former adviser of Security. His voice was drowned to death. Organized crime and the police will rest from the constant criticism that made them the secretariat adviser of Security, José Alfredo Landaverde, foully murdered yesterday. The professional engineering had become an auditor of the actions of the institutions in charge of national security. Yesterday he went with his wife Hilda Caldera when he was attacked by two gunmen who were driving a motorcycle. The unfortunate occurrence which caused the Honduran population repudiation occurred at about ten o'clock on the Boulevard...
  • Let Down By Lobo: The Honduran leader has been a major disappointment(Lobo in White Hut Oct. 5)

    10/05/2011 8:48:58 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    InterAmerican Security Watch (article from the Weekly Standard) ^ | Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 | JAIME DAREMBLUM
    When Honduran leader Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo visits the White House today, it will be a watershed moment in the Central American country’s diplomatic rehabilitation. More than two years have passed since Honduran authorities removed Manuel Zelaya from the presidency to block his unconstitutional, autocratic power grab. Five months after Zelaya’s ouster, Honduras held a democratic national election, and Lobo, a member of the conservative National Party, won with over 56 percent of the vote. Yet it was not until this past June that Honduras was formally readmitted to the Organization of American States (OAS), which had suspended the country following...
  • Obama To Meet With Honduras’ Lobo At White House In October

    09/28/2011 8:57:54 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Latin American News Dispatch ^ | September 23, 2011 2:48 pm | none stated
    U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo next month at the White House to discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional economic and security issues, according to a press release. The Oval Office Meeting on October 5 will come only a few weeks after Lobo’s address at the United Nations, where he highlighted his country’s commitment to restoring human rights in the aftermath of the June 2009 coup that ousted then-President Manuel Zelaya. “The President also welcomes the opportunity to underscore the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Honduran people, as well as...
  • Roberto Micheletti, former President of Honduras (Happy Birthday)

    08/13/2011 9:29:33 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    The InterAmerican Institute ^ | August 13, 2011 | none stated
    Distinguished Senior Fellow in Political Leadership and Constitutional Governance Laureate, the Samuel Adams-Jose Bonifacio Prize for 2010 Roberto Micheletti (b. 13 Aug. 1943) is a former President of Honduras (28 June 2009 – 27 January 2010). He succeeded to the Presidency as a result of the constitutional crisis arising from then President Manuel Zelaya's June 2009 attempt to illegally change the national Constitution. The Attorney General's office charged Manuel Zelaya with violations of the constitution, laws and court orders. The Honduran Supreme Court found that Zelaya was violating the Constitution and issued an arrest warrant ordering the Honduran military to...
  • Ambassador to Honduras in Billy Hoover's office at ATF HQ now

    07/15/2011 4:46:09 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 29 replies ^ | 7/15 |
    In Billy Hoover's office today: U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens. My favorite Hugo Llorens quote: "One can't violate the Constitution in order to create another Constitution, because if one doesn't respect the Constitution, then we all live under the law of the jungle." Hugo Llorens, June 2009, in reference to President Manuel Zelaya's planned referendum on a proposed constitutional assembly. I guess we'll see if what Llorens thinks is good for the goose is equally good for the gander. Maybe he's there to give Billy Hoover a lesson on our Constitution. He could sure as hell use it.
  • Micheletti asks U.S. to fight the president continued (Obozo helps Zelaya in Honduras)

    06/18/2011 7:16:30 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    La Prensa (Honduras) ^ | 6-14-2011 04:48pm | none stated
    During his speech, Micheletti Tuesday criticized the U.S. government and the OAS Hugo Llorens for reacting to the removal in 2009 of President Manuel Zelaya a "strong interest in ideological" The Honduran president Roberto Micheletti today asked the U.S. to defend democracy in Latin America and fight the presidents who want to stay in power, in a speech via video link to lawmakers in the country. "Please watch democracy in these countries where the presidents appear overnight and they want to stay in power. Help the people," Micheletti asked in his speech broadcast on a legislative subcommittee on Latin America....
  • Ousted ex-president Zelaya returns to Honduras

    05/29/2011 7:15:29 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies · 1+ views
    CBC News ^ | May 28 2011
    The ousted ex-president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, has arrived back in his home country, greeted by thousands of supporters after being run out of office almost two years ago. Zelaya's flight from Nicaragua landed at Tegucigalpa's airport Saturday afternoon where thousands of his supporters had been camping out. Zelaya, who spent much of his exile in the Dominican Republic, is scheduled to meet with Hondura's current President, Porfirio Lobo, and Organization of American States chief Jose Miguel Insulza. Zelaya was removed from office in June 2009 by the military for ignoring a Supreme Court order to cancel a referendum, which...
  • Ex-leader returns to Honduras 2 years after ouster

    05/28/2011 2:10:59 PM PDT · by don-o · 50 replies
    AP via Google ^ | May 28 2011
    EGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Former President Manuel Zelaya has arrived in Honduras, ending a long political crisis caused by his ouster in a military-backed coup almost two years ago. Zelaya's flight from Nicaragua landed on Saturday at Tegucigalpa's airport where he was greet by thousands of supporters who had set up a tent camp nearby. Zelaya's comeback paves the way for Honduras to re-enter the international community, which rejected the June 2009 coup that forced him from office and out of the country.
  • Obama on Wrong Side of Honduras Dispute, GOP Lawmaker Warns (what else is new)

    05/24/2011 3:46:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 5/24/11 | Patrick Goodenough
    An agreement signed in Colombia this week allowing the ousted former Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, to return home and resume political activity without fear of prosecution marks “a great day” for the Honduran people, according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But in the view of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the accord sets the stage for Zelaya and his leftist ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, to further damage democracy in the small Central American country. “Hugo Chavez’s handprints are all over this deal,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. “He can’t wait to have Zelaya...
  • Honduran president signs deal allowing ousted leader Zelaya's return

    05/23/2011 10:26:27 AM PDT · by 57 Red States · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/23/11 | CNN
    Ousted ex-Honduran President Manuel Zelaya inked an accord Sunday with the country's current president that will allow him to return to Honduras after almost two years in exile, officials said. The deal, which was brokered by the Colombian and Venezuelan governments, was signed in Cartagena, Colombia, by Zelaya and Honduran President Porfirio Lobo. It allows Zelaya and his allies to return to Honduras and helps clear the way for the country to rejoin the Organization of American States. Zelaya and his supporters will also be permitted to participate in Honduran politics. Zelaya was overthrown in a military-led coup June 28,...
  • Otto J. Reich: 21st Century Socialism - The attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.

    04/23/2010 9:58:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 343+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 23, 2010 | Otto J. Reich
    21st Century SocialismThe attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.  The Obama administration started out on the wrong foot in world affairs. It used techniques better suited for domestic political campaigns — popularity contests — in its foreign policy. In our own hemisphere, the result was confusion for our allies and our enemies alike. The overriding objective of U.S. policy — in Latin America and elsewhere — should be to advance U.S. national interests, not to curry favor with foreign leaders. If we can be liked while advancing our interests, so much the better. But when we try to befriend...
  • Obama, Code Pink and Egypt: 'There Are No Coincidences in Politics' (as seen on Glenn Beck)

    02/03/2011 3:42:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 75 replies
    Big Peace ^ | Thursday, February 3, 2011 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    As the cliche goes, there are no coincidences in politics. Obama fundraiser group Code Pink just happened to have arrived in Cairo last week for the group’s ninth visit there in two years as part of its campaign to undermine the Mubarak government and help Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza. Code Pink and the media are trying to portray the leftist group's 'sudden' appearance in Cairo Wednesday as an act of courageous support for a democratic revolution. Nothing could be further from the truth.Code Pink protests the Mubarak government in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. February 2, 2011. Code...
  • Clarice's Pieces: The Incredible Lightness of Obama

    02/06/2011 3:20:05 AM PST · by Scanian · 52 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 06, 2011 | Clarice Feldman
    This week saw a showdown between the man whose most significant achievement before 2008 was that he very nearly got the asbestos removed from the Altgeld Gardens tenements in Chicago and the third-longest-ruling head of Egypt since the Pharaoh Ramses, whose reign lasted 67 years. The Egyptian, an 82-year-old with terminal cancer, easily bested the community organizer, the man elected by people who quite clearly confused the last presidential election with an American idol contest. While many who elected the American president probably do not yet realize it, it is lucky for them that he lost the showdown, for had...
  • Wikileaks: Obama Regime Knew Ousted Honduran Leader was Socialist Pig-Backed Him to Please Chavez

    12/21/2010 4:54:34 PM PST · by cookcounty · 75 replies · 6+ views
    Unbelievable. The Obama Administration knew that Manuel Zelaya was an anti-democratic anti-Semitic pig whose goal was to become ruler for life like his buddy Hugo Chavez. But, Team Obama decided to support him for the greater good of Latin American relations. Barack Obama even cut off aid to Honduras in order to appease tyrant Hugo Chavez.
  • Wikileaks: Obama supported ousted Honduran Pres Zelaya to support Hugo Chavez

    12/20/2010 8:05:48 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 68 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 20, 2010 | Mary Anastasia
    "The last year and a half of the [President Manuel] Zelaya Administration will be, in my view, extraordinarily difficult for our bilateral relationship. His pursuit of immunity from the numerous activities of organized crime carried out in his administration will cause him to threaten the rule of law and institutional stability." —Charles Ford, U.S. ambassador to Honduras, May 15, 2008 Lots of hypotheses have been floated to explain why the Obama administration went to such extremes last year to try to force Honduras to reinstate deposed president Manuel Zelaya. Now the release of two WikiLeaked cables from the U.S. embassy...
  • OAS Commission recommends eliminating lawsuits against Zelaya in Honduras

    07/30/2010 8:33:20 PM PDT · by HonCitizen · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Diario El Heraldo ^ | 07/30/2010 | Diario El Heraldo
    OAS Commission recommends eliminating lawsuits against Zelaya The report on the situation in Honduras was delivered to the Permanent Council yesterday by the OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza. The High Level Commission of the Organization of American States (OAS) in its report on the situation of Honduras, the government of Porfirio Lobo Sosa remove legal proceedings instituted against former President Manuel Zelaya. "The Commission considers it appropriate to end lawsuits over the de facto regime against former President Zelaya and his associates, under the laws of Honduras," said the document prepared by the OAS Permanent Representatives of Argentina, Bahamas,...
  • Honduran ex-president: US was behind my overthrow

    06/28/2010 5:40:00 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 33 replies
    Google AP ^ | June 28, 2010 | Freddy Cuevas
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya accused the United States of being behind the 2009 coup that ousted him, in a letter released Monday on the first anniversary of his ouster. Zelaya, who now lives in the Dominican Republic, has given conflicting accounts on what role the United States allegedly played in the coup, in which Honduran soldiers hustled him out of the country on June 28, 2009.<> He has alternately praised the policy of the U.S. government on the issue, and criticized Washington for not pressing harder for his reinstatement. But Monday's letter said flatly: "What we...
  • The U.S. vs. Honduran Democracy (Disgusting Obamanista Interference in Honduras's Democracy)

    03/29/2010 10:32:54 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 5 replies · 389+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/29/10 | Mary O'Grady
    The image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wielding what resembled an oversized mallet while leading a mob of congressmen across Capitol Hill on the day of the health-care vote is the stuff of nightmares. It is also instructive. As a metaphor for how the Democrats view their power, the Pelosi hammer-pose could not be more perfect. Just ask Honduras. Last year, the U.S. tried to force the reinstatement of deposed president Manuel Zelaya. When that failed and Team Obama was looking like the Keystone Cops, it sent a delegation to Tegucigalpa to negotiate a compromise. Participants in those talks say...
  • Honduras adds charges against ousted leader

    02/24/2010 9:34:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 323+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/24/2010 | Associated Press
    Honduras' anti-corruption prosecutor is pressing for more charges against former President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown in a coup last year. Leonardo Orellana told reporters Wednesday he has asked a criminal court to charge Zelaya for allegedly diverting $1.5 million in government welfare funds to his campaign for a referendum on reforming the constitution. Soldiers escorted the left-leaning president out of Honduras at gunpoint after he defied a Supreme Court order to drop plans for the vote. Critics say he was trying to extend his rule by lifting a ban on presidential re-election, as his ally Hugo Chavez has done...
  • Mel the Ungrateful (Honduras)

    01/31/2010 9:39:34 AM PST · by La Lydia · 4 replies · 282+ views
    Honduras Weekly ^ | January 31, 2010 | Marco Cáceres
    One can easily understand and even empathize with Manuel Zelaya for being angry, resentful, and vengeful toward interim president Roberto Micheletti, Gen. Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, the Supreme Court, the Congress, Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez, and business leaders in Honduras, given that they all either played a role in his overthrow or failed to support his efforts to return to power. It's much harder to make a good case, however, for why Mr. Zelaya would have overly hard feelings toward President-elect Porfirio Lobo. After all, it was Mr. Lobo who signed the agreement with Dominican President Leonel Fernández to grant safe passage...
  • Honduras Swears In New President, as Ousted One Leaves

    01/27/2010 5:26:29 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 14 replies · 479+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2010 | Elisabeth Malkin
    MEXICO CITY — The deposed former Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, packed his guitar and flew into exile Wednesday as the country inaugurated a new president, who promised to try to repair the rifts left by months of political turmoil. After a good-bye lunch with his mother, Mr. Zelaya, his wife and his daughter left their refuge in the Brazilian Embassy and headed for the airport. They were accompanied by the new president, Porfirio Lobo, along with President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, who last week invited Mr. Zelaya to the Dominican capital. The usually voluble Mr. Zelaya said little...
  • Peaceful Transition of Power in Honduras

    01/27/2010 8:50:01 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 2 replies · 216+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 01-27-10 | Stoutcat
    Roberto Micheletti, interrim President of Honduras, steps down today to allow for the peaceful transition of power to the newly elected president of the tiny nation, Porfirio Lobo Sosa. You may recall that Micheletti was appointed after former President Zelaya attempted to overturn the country’s election process (with the assistance of President Obama’s favorite thug, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela) and was promptly, unceremoniously, and constitutionally removed from office... And where is the United States while all this is happening in a tiny democracy well within our sphere of influence? Why isn’t Joe Biden one of the dignitaries congratulating Micheletti for...
  • Honduras judge clears generals, coup amnesty OK'd

    01/27/2010 12:29:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 650+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/26/2010 | Associated Press
    A Supreme Court judge cleared Honduras' military commanders Tuesday in the coup that toppled Manuel Zelaya, and hours later lawmakers approved amnesty for the ousted leader and all those involved in his removal. The two measures — combined with Wednesday's inauguration of a new president, conservative rancher Porfirio Lobo — appeared to spell the last chapter in the bitter political dispute that led to Honduras' international isolation. Supreme Court President Jorge Rivera ruled the country's top generals did not abuse their power in ordering soldiers to escort Zelaya out of the country at gunpoint June 28. "Prosecutors failed to prove...
  • Permanent dismissal for honduran military commanders board.

    01/26/2010 10:38:24 AM PST · by HonCitizen · 10 replies · 1,005+ views
    Diario El Heraldo ^ | 26/01/2010 | Redaccion El Heraldo
    Permanent dismissal for honduran military commanders board. "Justice has been done," were the first reactions of the armed forces spokesman, Colonel Ramiro Archaga. 26.01.10 - Updated: 26.01.10 12:12 pm - Writing: Current Rating: Votes: 0 0 comment Print Send Tegucigalpa, Honduras . The Supreme Court (CSJ), delivered today a definitive dismissal in favor of the junta of commanders of the Armed Forces of Honduras. They are Romeo Vasquez Velasquez, head of the Joint Chiefs; Cervantes Venancio, deputy chief, Javier Prince, commander of the Air Force, Miguel Angel Padgeth, commander of the Army and Juan Pablo Rodriguez, commander of the...
  • Ousted president Zelaya leaving Honduras

    01/23/2010 6:08:23 PM PST · by myknowledge · 37 replies · 1,105+ views
    Nine News ^ | January 24, 2010
    Ousted President Manuel Zelaya confirmed he will leave Honduras and travel to the Dominican Republic next week when a new president is sworn into office. Zelaya told Radio Globo on Saturday he will leave Honduras as a private citizen, thanks to an accord signed by President-elect Porfirio Lobo and Dominican President Leonel Fernandez. "On the 27th of January, I will leave as a common citizen... after having completed my presidential mandate," Zelaya said. Zelaya was ousted in a June 2009 coup during his effort to change the constitution that the Supreme Court had ruled illegal. He still faces treason and...
  • Honduran industrials honor Micheletti (Honduras)

    01/11/2010 7:48:15 PM PST · by HonCitizen · 6 replies · 426+ views
    Diario El Heraldo ^ | 11.01.10 | Ivan Vasquez
    Honduran industrials honor Micheletti Adolfo Faccusé recalled the hard times he lived in the U.S. when the visa was revoked to defend democracy in Honduras Tegucigalpa, Honduras . The National Association of Industrialists (ANDI) in a special event today conducted a private ceremony to honor the President, Roberto Michelleti. In the house of Andi president, Adolfo Facussé, attended by the president and his wife Michelleti Siomara, and the junta of commanders of the Armed Forces, led by General Romeo Vasquez Velasquez. 
 The president said Michelletti Andi is a patriot and the first hero of Honduras in the XXI...
  • Honduras refuses to let ousted leader leave

    12/10/2009 2:24:02 PM PST · by don-o · 17 replies · 589+ views
    AO - via Atl Journal & Constitution ^ | December 10, 2009 | JULIE WATSON
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduras' coup-installed government says ousted leader Manuel Zelaya is free to leave the country, but there's a catch: Zelaya can't go as president, and he says he won't go as anything else. And so he remained holed up Thursday in the Brazilian Embassy, where he has been staying since he slipped back into the country three months ago. If he sets foot outside the building, the leaders who ousted him have vowed to arrest him on charges of treason and abuse of power. They appeared to be softening their stance on Wednesday when they initially responded positively...
  • Honduras to let Zelaya leave country for Mexico

    12/09/2009 7:26:57 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 17 replies · 536+ views
    AP ^ | Dec. 9, 2009
    Honduras' interim government says it has authorized ousted President Manuel Zelaya to leave the country and go to Mexico. Foreign Ministry spokesman Milton Mateo says the safe-conduct pass was signed and would be delivered to the Brazilian Embassy, where Zelaya has been holed up since sneaking back into the country Sept. 21. Mateo said Wednesday night that the Mexican government has sent an airplane to pick up Zelaya and his family. Another official of the interim government's Foreign Ministry said Mexico requested that Zelaya be given safe conduct to leave. A Mexican government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, says...
  • Gunmen kill top anti-drug official in Honduras

    12/08/2009 12:43:20 PM PST · by decimon · 4 replies · 300+ views
    BBC ^ | Dec 8, 2009 | Unknown
    Gunmen in Honduras have shot dead the head of the country's anti-drug trafficking operations.Police said retired Gen Julian Aristides Gonzalez was travelling in a car in the capital, Tegucigalpa, when attackers on a motorcycle opened fire. Honduras is a major route for drugs smuggled from South to North America. The nation, mired in political crisis since President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in June, also has one of the highest murder rates in the region. Gen Aristides, director general of the national office for combating drug trafficking, was travelling by car through Tegucigalpa when two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire,...
  • Why We Care About Honduras: Three Powers Compared

    12/06/2009 11:47:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 678+ views
    Foreign Policy Association ^ | 12/06/2009 | Richard Basas
    Andres Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald wrote an intriguing piece recently on the splash effect of the coup, or crisis, or whatever term least offends someone of Honduras’ new leadership and recent election, and how the major powers in Latin America have tried unsuccessfully to remedy the situation. Oppenheimer argues that the US, Brazil and the OAS have all succeeded in failure in their own unique ways. Failure for the three comes as follows. For Brazil, its “hypocrisy” of recognizing Iran’s and Cuba’s undemocratic leadership, while criticizing Honduras’ recent elections. For the US, the “flip-flopping” that comes with a constant...
  • Honduras' Zelaya to stay in Brazil embassy

    12/06/2009 11:26:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 1,267+ views
    Reuters Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/06/2009 | Reuters
    Honduras' deposed President Manuel Zelaya said on Sunday that he would stay in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital for as long as Brasilia allowed him to and that he would be willing to talk to the new president-elect. Leftist Zelaya, who was ousted by the army in a coup on June 28, slipped back into Honduras in September and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, from where he has been demanding his reinstatement. The United States and Brazil have been pushing for Zelaya's return to power but his fate remains uncertain after the Honduran Congress voted...
  • Honduras Congress Votes Not To Reinstate President as Zelaya Supporters Throw in Towel

    12/04/2009 9:53:34 AM PST · by don-o · 18 replies · 708+ views
    Latin American Herald ^ | December 4, 2009
    TEGUCIGALPA – The National Resistance Front that arose after the June 28 ouster of President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras has abandoned hope for the restoration of ousted the former president and is focused now on convening an assembly to overhaul the country’s constitution, one of the group’s leaders said Thursday. “We have closed this chapter on the restoration of President Zelaya, which didn’t take place,” Juan Barahona told Efe the day after Honduran lawmakers rejected reinstatement of the deposed head of state. The Honduran Congress decisively rejected the restitution of deposed President Mel Zelaya in a vote of 62 to...
  • Honduran Congress Teaches Obama a Lesson in Democracy

    12/02/2009 8:14:16 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 507+ views
    Brietbart/The Lid ^ | 12/2/09 | The Lid
    Looks like ousted Honduras President Zelaya will be holed up in the Brazilian embassy for a while longer. The Congress of Honduras voted not to reinstate the deposed dictator-wannabe. Honduras has been the object of Obama's attacks ever since they threw Zeyala out of office. The former President's disposal was ordered by the Honduras Supreme Court and was in line with the Honduras Constitution. Following the direction of his buddy Chavez, Zeyala illegally attempted to stay in power despite the constitutional ban on running for another term. The military removed him from office, and immediately returned power to the civilian...
  • Congress of Honduras voted: Zelaya has lost, Zelaya is out!

    12/02/2009 7:35:43 PM PST · by HonCitizen · 65 replies · 2,789+ views
    final score: 111 against Z 15 for Z.
  • Honduras Congress Rejects Zelaya's Reinstatement

    12/02/2009 6:04:44 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 38 replies · 1,053+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/02/09
    TEGUCIGALPA — A majority in the Honduran Congress have voted against reinstating deposed President Manuel Zelaya and allowing him to finish out his term of office. A simple majority of 65 lawmakers in the 128-member body voted against Zelaya's return to the presidency shortly before 730 pm (0130 GMT) on Wednesday after more than six hours of debate.
  • Honduran congress voting: No restitution 80 congressmen, Restitution 10 congresmen

    12/02/2009 6:48:30 PM PST · by HonCitizen · 34 replies · 1,758+ views
    10 in favor of Z 80 against Z.
  • Honduras Congressional session to decide Zelaya's fate

    12/02/2009 2:50:12 PM PST · by don-o · 17 replies · 585+ views
    La Gringa ^ | December 2, 2009
    Update: 4:40: Vote is still taking place. Has stalled with a long pro-Zelaya speech by ???. She claims there was 60+ abstentionism on Sunday and is basically repeating the same things we've heard Zelaya say a thousand times. She is quoting several sections of the constitution. Says that Zelaya never submitted a change of the constitution, the court was wrong, .
  • In a few minutes Congress of Honduras votes.

    12/02/2009 10:14:11 AM PST · by HonCitizen · 41 replies · 2,416+ views
    In a few minutes the honduran congress will vote to decide if Manuel Zelaya, president fired by the honduran constitution for attempting a repeal of the current constitution, will be or not be reinstated. The honduran institutions such as the human rights commissioner, Attorney general, Procurator general, Supreme Electoral Tribunal and Supreme Court, have opposed any reinstatement, saying that is inappropiate. The attorney general has threatened to prosecute any that supports the reinstatetment of Zelaya.
  • Super mandate given to conservatives in Honduras.

    12/01/2009 11:28:58 AM PST · by HonCitizen · 16 replies · 613+ views
    Diario El Heraldo ^ | 01/12/2009 | El Heraldo
    Nationalists (conservatives) won 252 mayors and 46 liberals The Liberal Party won only one municipality in La Paz while 16 controlled National Party. Were pending two. PN (conservatives) plans to win more than 70 deputies. National Party leaders argue that 12 or 13 deputies are of this political entity. Six or seven of the Liberal and 3 or 4 other games. According to preliminary projections of political parties, the National Party will bring as many members, perhaps the greatest of all electoral processes. Between 70 and 73 MPs are believed to belong to the National Party, enough to dispense with...
  • Honduras Elects Porfirio Lobo As New President

    12/01/2009 7:22:02 AM PST · by steve-b · 45 replies · 1,328+ views
    Guardian ^ | 11/30/09 | Rory Carroll
    A wealthy rancher was due to be declared Honduras's new president today after a tumultuous election dogged by the overthrow of his predecessor. Preliminary results gave Porfirio Lobo 56% of votes, prompting cavalcades of cheering, honking supporters in the streets of the capital, Tegucigalpa. His nearest rival, Elvin Santos of the ruling Liberal party, conceded defeat. Lobo, from the centre-right National party, promised to unify a country polarised by the military-led coup against Manuel Zelaya in June, a political shock which rattled Latin America and left Honduras isolated and stripped of aid and investment.... The Supreme Electoral Tribunal said 61%...
  • U.S. recognises Honduras vote with caveats

    12/01/2009 1:01:17 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 985+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 12/01/2009 | Deborah Charles
    The State Department recognized Porfirio Lobo's victory in Sunday's election but said the Honduran Congress still needed to vote on the restoration of deposed President Manuel Zelaya and form a government of national unity. "While the election is a significant step in Honduras' return to the democratic and constitutional order ... it's only a step and it's not the last step," said Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela. Before the election, the United States tried and failed to have Zelaya reinstated. Its support of the election upset many Latin American nations, including powerful Brazil, which called...
  • (Brazil President) Lula’s Diplomatic Embarrassment in Honduras

    11/30/2009 12:19:24 PM PST · by big black dog · 4 replies · 550+ views
    One of the big losers from yesterday’s successful election in Honduras has been Brazil’s president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who demonstrated that under his presidency, Brazil is not ready to play a positive leadership role in the hemisphere. Not only did Lula seem to be complicit in smuggling deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya into the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa—an irresponsible move that risked the possibility of major confrontations and bloodshed in that country—but he stubbornly refuses to recognize yesterday’s election as legitimate. Lula’s grandstanding has nothing to do with a supposed commitment to democracy, of course. After all he...
  • United States, Brazil at odds over Honduras crisis

    11/30/2009 2:12:52 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 770+ views
    Reuters Via Yahoo News ^ | 11/30/2009 | Mica Rosenberg and Gustavo Palencia
    Honduras' disputed presidential election is likely to set Washington against emerging Latin American power Brazil over whether to recognize the winner of a vote promoted by the leaders of a June coup. Conservative opposition leader Porfirio Lobo easily won the election on Sunday, but he will struggle to get recognition in Latin America where many leftist governments see the election as a nail in the coffin of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. The United States has tried and failed to have Zelaya, a leftist, reinstated and now looks resigned to backing the election as the best way for Honduras' to get...
  • In Elections, Honduras Defeats Chávez

    11/29/2009 10:03:48 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 14 replies · 758+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 30, 2009 | Mary O'Grady
    Unless something monumental happens in the Western Hemisphere in the next 31 days, the big regional story for 2009 will be how tiny Honduras managed to beat back the colonial aspirations of its most powerful neighbors and preserve its constitution.
  • Big Losers In Honduras Election: Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez

    11/29/2009 8:14:38 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 22 replies · 1,213+ views
    The Lid ^ | 11/29/09 | The Lid
    The results from today's elections in Honduras are beginning to roll in and it looks as if Porfirio Lobo,from Honduran opposition National Party, is leading in the election at least according to the local media. According to preliminary data, the 61-year-old opposition leader received around 56% of the vote. His main rival, 46-year-old businessman Elvin Santos representing the ruling Liberal Party, came second in the presidential race, with about 38% of the vote. Even if the trend continues the Liberal party will not be the big loser today, Hugo Chavez, whose imperialist goals were thwarted when President Zelaya was ousted...
  • Lobo leads Honduras presidential vote: exit polls

    11/29/2009 7:18:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies · 1,169+ views
    Reuters Via Yahoo News ^ | 11/29/2009 | Reuters Via Yahoo News
    Honduran opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo is leading in a presidential election that could ease a five-month crisis following the June coup against President Manuel Zelaya, media exit polls said on Sunday. Lobo, a conservative, won more than 55 percent of Sunday's vote and was well ahead of ruling Liberal Party candidate Elvin Santos, the HRN radio station said. A TV channel gave Lobo 51 percent. Lobo was seen as more likely than Santos to persuade foreign governments to recognize Sunday's election.
  • Official FREE HONDURAS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FR Thread (Election Today: Sunday, Nov. 29)

    11/29/2009 4:53:49 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 18 replies · 1,424+ views
    Honduran News Sources, Radio/TV, Internet ^ | 29 November 2009 | AmericanInTokyo